baby bump gift guide

October 5, 2014
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Little ones are born every day but statistics show that September and August are the most popular months for birthdays (must be all that winter snuggling :-)  So if you have  a new baby to meet or have an invitation to baby shower, here are some goodies that are sure to make any new mom smile.

baby shower gift ideas

1.  Show off your sonogram pic in this handmade frame & replace with a newborn photo when the bundle of joy makes their way into our world  $29.50

2.  Slip this sweet magnet into a congratulations card for the new parents  $5.50

3.  Personalized birth announcement prints are the perfect addition to a nursery wall $24.95

4.  Turn the baby’s room into a starlit sky with this octopus friend $19.95

5.  This sealed fortune telling baby tee is sure to get laughs at a baby shower $14.95

6.  Document your baby’s dearest days with this great card set (like I did with our baby, Marlo!)  $26.00

7.  It all goes by so quickly, take a minute a day to remember the special moments with this journal $16.95

8.  Babies change so fast and these month markers make for great memories (more pics of Miss Marlo) $15.95

9.  What’s more magical than dancing rainbows on the walls of a babies room? $27.95

10.  This blankie covers all the bases and sure to be a baby’s best friend (also comes in pink)  $23.95

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skip the slice and have your pie in a jar

October 1, 2014
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There’s just something so cute and satisfying about individual dessert servings–all lined up and looking delicious (an added bonus: these would travel well if you need to make something for a potluck).

pies in jars recipes

Also, with these scrumptious pies in a jar–you’ll never have to worry about making a mess when you attempt to cut that first slice (am I the only one that has that problem?).  Here’s to a delicious dessert on your table tonight!

I’m not sure which appealed to me more in this recipe…Easy, No Bake or Peanut Butter! If any of these also peak your interest, then head over to Baking A Moment where you’ll find all the details on how to make your very own Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie Jars.

No pie post would be complete without fruit. We found a divine recipe for Mini Peach Pies in a Jar on the Home Cooking Memories Blog. Brandie came up with a great shortcut and used fruit cups as a base for mouthwatering pie filling.

Pumpkin season is in full swing right now, so what better time to whip up these No Bake Pumpkin Pies In Jar? Lindsay from Life, Love & Sugar was inspired to come up with her own version after she enjoyed a similar desserts at various restaurants.

These Mason Jar Mud Pies can be easily made using store bought coffee ice cream, but Kelly from The Lily Pad Cottage also shares her yummy recipe for the homemade version on her blog.

I was struck by this unusual flavor combination and bet it would be wonderful…the Mini Lemon Honey Meringue Pies from Sugar and Charm sound absolutely amazing! Eden describes her recipe as a nice balance between the perfect slight tang of lemon and sweetness of sugar and honey.

This fancy little dessert-Mini Mason Jar Blueberry Pie-was baked using pre-made pie dough and homemade filling. Wouldn’t you love to serve up this delightful dish to your family or guests tonight?  The Handmade Mood has all the details here.

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lolo’s nursery

September 30, 2014
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When Lolo’s birth mom chose us to be the parents of her little one she didn’t know if she was having a girl or boy but when we found out it was going to be a little girl, I must admit my whimsical soul did a little dance.

You think I would have my fill of decorating happy places since we have three fun shops, but this space was special.    There is no theme but it’s quite evident that I like my share of patterns, pom poms, posies, pennants and polka-dots  (and if you couldn’t tell… alliteration ~ I do love that too;-)

diy girls nursery If I had to name my design partner for this project, it would be Pinterest.  Plenty of inspiration came from a variety of pins but I had fun making it my own.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of slip covers but I was pleasantly surprised how this canvas stripe number transformed our old living room chair and ottoman.  (plus it’s machine washable which I’m sure will be helpful when it comes to future spills)

The photo ledges are from Ikea and are perfect for showcasing the current bedtime story selection.  I bought the bean bag so I could easily prop Lolo up for photos but I have a feeling it will turn into a comfy reading spot soon enough.

Once I decided on the main color of the room, I dressed up old dressers with some paint and decorative knobs.  The other color inspiration came from a pack of quilting fabrics I found that featured patterns and tones that appealed to me.  I used that fabric to create a polka-dot nook using embroidery hoops and a string of pennants throughout the room.  The pennants were the last thing I added to the nursery… fearing they might be a little too much but I ended up keeping them (because ultimately I’m a too much kinda gal & if you’ve shopped in any of our catching fireflies locations, you know what I mean ;-)

diy baby nursery While shopping for our store at a wholesale show this summer, I saw a pom pom mobile that stopped me in my tracks.  I took a mental picture and headed to the craft store and created my own version.  With the same yarn selection I also wrapped this giant M and adorned it with some felt flowers.  The other pretties above the crib include our personalized baby print and a magnet board from our sister store, Yellow Door Art Market.  Also since the nursery is so sunny in the afternoon, I placed one of our solar rainbow makers in the window which creates a flurry of small rainbows dancing on all of the walls.

baby girl nursery gallery wall

One trend that I am loving are these gallery walls.  They are the perfect way to create a little vignette of special goodies.  The majority of this collection was curated from treasures I found at our sister store, Yellow Door Art Market and a delightful shop in Traverse City called The Red Dresser.

The anchor artwork’s message, “love is bigger” really spoke to me and it is also by an artist I admire and have exhibited next to before.  I fell in love with Jane’s crocheted animal heads the second I saw them & am so happy she is part of our Yellow Door family of artists.  I also can’t get enough of Jennifer’s little felt embroidered gems.

diy nursery ideas

I dolled up the curtains a bit (and I’m sure those curtain ties are gonna have to go once she is mobile considering her super human grip she has at only 4 months) I was also happy to bump into Sarah Miller of Moon Forest Studio at an art show this fall for some additional cuteness (because… you know, it wasn’t quite at capacity yet)

I know the “something old, something new” doesn’t apply to nurseries but since my mother is a serial packrat, she did give me this sweet sun pillow that I had when I was a tot.  I’m looking forward to many sunny moments shared on this chair as lil’ Lolo grows.

So there you have it ~ a small room packed with as much love and whimsy it can hold.

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I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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